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Radio London show focuses on fostering

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On Sunday 1 September, Dr John Simmonds, CoramBAAF's Director of Policy, Research and Development, took part in a live discussion on BBC Radio London’s Dotun Adebayo Show about fostering in black and ethnic minority (BAME) communities.

John was a guest alongside poet Lemn Sissay, who recently published his memoir ‘My Name is Why’ on his experiences of the care system, Kewesi Olatunji, Managing Director of 'Fostering For You', a former foster carer and a care-experienced young person.

Presenter Dotun opened the show by discussing fostering in the 1970s, with Lemn sharing his experiences of going into care at this time and moved on to discuss fostering in the present day. Dr Simmonds explained how the fostering process works and some of the considerations when placing children from BAME communities.

The guests also heard from listeners including those who are foster carers or have been fostered, who spoke of the impact it has had on their lives.